Phishing is an email-based attack when a malicious email is being sent to you with the purpose of you disclosing sensitive information about yourself or the SAPS. It is also the most common means of obtaining information to attack an organisation or unsuspecting users.
The false emails often look surprisingly legitimate and even the web pages, where you are asked to enter your information, might look genuine. However, the URL in the address field can alert you whether the page you have been directed to is valid or not.
Different emails are being sent to attract the victims. Some emails might refer to your personal information that needs to be updated or validated and you being asked to enter your username and password, after clicking on a link provided in this email.
Other emails might even ask you to enter more information, such as your full name, address, phone number and credit card numbers. By just visiting the false website and entering your username and password, the phisher might be able to gain access to more information by logging into your account.
How to deal with phishing scams:
Action steps you can take to avoid a phishing attack:
Several resources are available to handle arising issues online and allows anonymous and confidential reporting
email@example.com – National Operational Centre
firstname.lastname@example.org – State Security Agency
email@example.com– South African Revenue Service
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